The COVID-19 Private Sector Fund has supported Ghana’s National Coronavirus Treatment at the Ga East Municipal Hospital with secondary to tertiary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to aid the fight against spread of the coronavirus.
The presentation was made last week at a brief ceremony at the premises of the Ga East Municipal Assembly. Present at the donation were some trustees of the fund. Items donated included coveralls, rubber aprons, nurses’ caps, N95 face masks, gum boots, disposable gowns, reusable goggles, face shields, etc.
According to Dr. Justice Yankson, General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association, who is also the Chairman of the Technical Committee for the COVID-19 Private Sector Fund, “after assessment of your critical needs we decided to support you with more PPE to aid in this fight.
These are very high level secondary to tertiary care materials that we need by way of PPE and these are the ones that are in short supply. This is the beginning of our partnership but we will entreat you to ensure you take absolute control of these items as an institution in the fight against COVID-19.”
Receiving the items, National Coordinator of Ghana’s COVID-19 Case Management Team, Dr. Ali Samba, said: “this donation is timely since we have 60 patients here with four at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Though we have some of these items, we still need more.
For ICU we need more PPE since they are used often and must be changed. We will put the items to good use and we urge other institutions and individuals to all support this national fight,” he added.
The Ghana COVID-19 Private Sector Fund was established by 10 private businessmen and women to raise GH¢100 million to complement government’s efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus in the country. The 10 trustees have each donated GH¢1 million into the fund.